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urbnmns Aug 20, 2010 09:59 AM

I would like to gift an "evening out" to a couple in Guelph (new parents; an evening without the kids!), but really am not familiar with the local food scene, and the postings on this board seem a bit outdated (generally 1-3 years old). Seafood's not an option (shellfish allergy), and they don't appreciate "fussy food." I am leaning to solid bistro as they tend to be fairly casual, but I would like this to be a bit of a treat. We've all been to Babelfish, which we found quite delicious (wonderful beef & stilton main on our visit last November), and I've recently been to Artisinale, which I found underwhelming. Earlier recommendations from this board that I am considering are:

Bin 23
Bistro Six
La Cucina
The Other Brother's

Could anyone comment on current experiences at any of these places, or recommend other comparable options?

Thanks!

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Other Brother's Restaurant
37 Yarmouth St, Guelph, ON N1H4G2, CA

La Cucina
25 MacDonell St, Guelph, ON N1H2Z4, CA

Bin 23 Restaurant
6 Carden St, Guelph, ON N1H3A2, CA

Bistro Six
35 Harvard Rd, Guelph, ON N1G3A2, CA

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    urbnmns Aug 24, 2010 08:56 AM

    Thanks all for the recs - I'm now torn between La Cucina and The Fat Duck (sparing them the probably short drive to Envers in Morriston!)! Fat Duck actually looks perfect, except their site indicates "no reservations" - Does anyone know whether it would be a problem getting a table at 7:30ish on a Friday or Saturday night?

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    Fat Duck
    210 Kortright Rd W, Guelph, ON N1G4X4, CA

    Envers Restaurant
    42 Queen St, Morriston, ON N0B2C0, CA

    La Cucina
    130 Thomas St, Oakville, ON L6J3B1, CA

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      slacker1 Aug 24, 2010 10:15 AM

      I just spoke with the restaurant and they said that there should be no problem either of those nights. The woman suggested that if you are concerned call an hour or two ahead and they will put you on a wait list.

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        urbnmns Aug 24, 2010 01:20 PM

        Awesome - thanks very much!!! (Especially for the "over-and-above" investigation!)

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      slacker1 Aug 21, 2010 09:51 AM

      I'd give a thumbs up to the Fat Duck at Kortwright and Edinburgh. Everything we have had there has been excellent and the atmosphere is low key.

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      Fat Duck
      210 Kortright Rd W, Guelph, ON N1G4X4, CA

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        ekim256 Aug 21, 2010 11:26 AM

        oh yes, I forgot about the Fat Duck. Solid dinner choice.

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        Fat Duck
        210 Kortright Rd W, Guelph, ON N1G4X4, CA

      2. Kagemusha Aug 21, 2010 06:29 AM

        What about Enver's down Hwy 6 in Morriston just s. of the 401?

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        Envers Restaurant
        42 Queen St, Morriston, ON N0B2C0, CA

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          Redshifted Aug 21, 2010 12:51 PM

          I agree, good choice!

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          Redshifted Aug 21, 2010 12:13 AM

          I believe that Bistro Six closed about a year ago.

          http://news.guelphmercury.com/article/507495

          La Cucina's pretty good; menu focuses on regional Italian cooking.

          http://www.cucinaguelph.ca/index.html

          The Other Brother: I stayed away for a few years because they seemed to be in a rut (safe predictable menu that never seemed to change). I did try it again last fall, there were changes, and have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. But my vote still goes to La Cucina.

          http://www.otherbrothers.ca/index.htm

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          La Cucina
          130 Thomas St, Oakville, ON L6J3B1, CA

          Other Brother's Restaurant
          37 Yarmouth St, Guelph, ON N1H4G2, CA

          Bistro Six
          35 Harvard Rd, Guelph, ON N1G3A2, CA

          1. ekim256 Aug 20, 2010 10:43 AM

            My experience there is outdated, but I found Bistro Six to be quite terrible. Four of us went, and none of us liked our meal. My friend's chicken was super dry and unappetizing. I could be wrong, but I think I heard that it was closed...
            I tried Other Brothers, it was pretty good! The ambiance is more upscale, but I liked Babelfish's food better

            My foodie friend recently tried Los Abuelos, which she really liked. It's more "kitchy" and cute though. It has empandas and humitas so maybe that is "fussy food"? Wish I could be of more help, but I moved away from Guelph several years ago =)

            Good luck
            Erin
            http://cookiesandtomatoes.blogspot.com/

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            Other Brother's Restaurant
            37 Yarmouth St, Guelph, ON N1H4G2, CA

            Bistro Six
            35 Harvard Rd, Guelph, ON N1G3A2, CA

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